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A Bibliography of Literary Theory, Criticism and Philology


by José Ángel García Landa

(University of Zaragoza, Spain)


Early works


Early works
Addison, Joseph, and Richard Steele. "Supersticiones populares." In Ensayistas ingleses. Ed. Ricardo Baeza. Barcelona: Exito, 1968. 71-74.*

Bacon, Francis. "Of Superstition." In Bacon's Essays. Ed. F. Storr and C. H. Gibson. 3rd ed. London: Longmans, Green, 1891. 138-46.*

_____. "Of Superstition." From Essays. 1612, 1625. In The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 7th ed. Ed. M. H. Abrams, Stephen Greenblatt et al. New York: Norton, 1999. 1.1535-36.*

_____. "De la superstición" In Ensayistas ingleses. Ed. Ricardo Baeza. Barcelona: Editorial Exito, 1968. 18-19.*

Brand. Popular Superstitions.  Ed. W. C. Hazlitt.

Browne, Thomas (Sir). "A brief enumeration of Authors." Pseudodoxia Epidemica 1.8. In The Works of Sir Thomas Browne. Ed. Charles Sayle. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1927. 1.168-77.*

_____. "Of the Same."Pseudodoxia Epidemica 1.9. In The Works of Sir Thomas Browne. Ed. Charles Sayle. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1927. 1.178-82.*

_____. "De los autores que más han promovido los conceptos populares." "De otros que indirectamente han tenido igual efecto." In Browne, Sobre errores vulgares o Pseudodoxia Epidemica. Ed. Daniel Waissbein. Madrid: Siruela, 1994. 101-8, 109-16.*

_____. "Compendiously of many questionable Customs, Opinions, Pictures, Practices, and Popular Observations." "Of some Others." Pseudodoxia Epidemica 5.22-23. In The Works of Sir Thomas Browne. Ed. Charles Sayle. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1927. 2.264-75; 276-82.* (Omens, superstitions, girdles, God's human figure, cauls, the Devil, chiromancy, ghosts, divination, popular remedies).

D'Israeli, I. "Trials and Proofs of Guilt in Superstitious Ages." In D'Israeli, Curiosities of Literature. London: Moxon, 1834. 1.235-43.*

García del Cañuelo, Luis, and Luis Marcelino Pereira. "Que la superstición está entre nosotros más extendida que la impiedad." From El Censor. 1781-1787. In El ensayo español, 2: El siglo XVIII. Ed. Francisco Sánchez Blanco. Barcelona: Crítica, 1998. 272-78.*

Hobbes, Thomas. "Of Darknesse from Vain Philosophy, and Fabulous Traditions." In Hobbes, Leviathan. London: Dent; New York: Dutton (Everyman), 1914. 363-76.*

Hume, David. "Of Superstition and Enthusiasm." In Hume, Selected Essays. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1993. 38-43.*

Mackay, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. London: Richard Bentley, 1841.

_____. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. 2nd ed. London: National Illustrated Library, 1852.

_____. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. Ed. Norman Stone. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.*

_____. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. Online at Internet Archive



Menéndez Pelayo, Marcelino. "I.iv. Artes mágicas y de adivinación, astrología, prácticas supersticiosas en los períodos romano y visigótico." In Menéndez Pelayo, Historia de los Heterodoxos Españoles. 5th ed., rpt. Madrid: BAC, 1998. 1.270-309.*

_____. "V.iv. Artes mágicas, hechicerías y supersticiones en los siglos XVI y XVII." In Menéndez Pelayo, Historia de los Heterodoxos Españoles. 5th ed., rpt. Madrid: BAC, 2000. 2.251-80.*

Newnham, William. An Essay on Superstition: Being an Inquiry into the Effects of Physical Influence on the Mind, in the Production of Dreams, Visions, Ghosts, and other Supernatural Appearances. London, 1830.

Plutarch. "Sobre la superstición." In Plutarch, Obras morales (selección). Ed. and trans. Concepción Morales Otal and José García López. Barcelona: Planeta-DeAgostini, 1996. 263-302.*

Thiers, J. B. Traité des Superstitions qui regardent les Sacrements. 4th ed. Avignon, 1777.

Veblen, Thorstein. "11. La creencia en la suerte." In Veblen, Teoría de la clase ociosa. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 2004. 2011. 276-91.*

Weightman, Mary. The Friendly Monitor: or, dialogues for youth against the Fear of Ghosts, and other Irrational Apprehensions, with Reflections on the Power of the Imagination and the Folly of Superstition. London, 1791.

Superstition: Miscellaneous
Frazer, J. G. The Devil's Advocate: A Plea for Superstition 1909.

Gaylor, Annie Laure, ed. Women without Superstition. Madison, Wisconsin, 1997.

Gell-Mann, Murray. The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex. 1994.

_____. El quark y el jaguar: Aventuras en lo simple y lo complejo. Trans. Ambrosio García and Romualdo Pastor. (Metatemas, 38). Barcelona: Tusquets, 1995. 2nd. ed. 1995. 3rd ed. 1996. 4th ed. 2003.*

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. "XII.ii. Marxisme et superstition." 1949. In Merleau-Ponty, Paris: Gallimard, 1960. (Folio Essais, 381). Paris: Gallimard, 2001. 2008. 422-23.*

Routh, Harold V. "5. The Progress of Social Literature in Tudor Times." In The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, 3: English: Renascence and Reformation. Ed. A. W. Ward and A. R. Waller. New York: Putnam, 1907-21. Online at Bartleby.com, 2000.* (1. Cocke Lorell's Bote. 2. Mock testaments. 3. Fraternities, orders and dances of death. 4. The boke of Mayd Emlyn. 4. Widow Edith. 6. Satires and Disquisitions on women. 7. The Schole-house of women. 8. The Proude Wyves Paternoster. 9. Jest-books. 10. Transition of society. 11. The Complaynt of Roderyck Mors. 12. Robert Crowley. 13. The Hye Way to the Spyttel Hous. 14. Awdeley's Fraternitye of vacabones. 15. Harman's Caveat. 16. Cosmopolitanism. 17. Andrew Boorde. 18. William Bullein. 19. A Dialogue against the Fever Pestilence. 20. Superstition in the Sixteenth Century. 21. Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft).

Schmitt, Jean-Claude. Les "superstitions." Paris: Seuil, 1988.

_____. Historia de la superstición. Trans. Teresa Clavel. (Drakontos). Barcelona: Crítica, 1992.*

Thomas, Keith. Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England. 1971. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991.*

White, Deborah Elise. Romantic Returns: Superstition, Imagination, History. Stanford (CA): Stanford UP, 2000.* (Hazlitt, Shelley, Collins).

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Hole, Christina, ed. Radford's Encyclopedia of Superstitions. London: Hutchinson.


Collins, William. "Ode on the Popular Superstitions of Scotland Considered as the Subject of Poetry." Unfinished ode. 1749.

_____. "An Ode on the Popular Superstitions of Scotland, Considered as a Subject of Poetry." Online at Poetry Foundation:




Punset, Eduard, et al. "¿Aún creyendo cosas extrañas?" (REDES 378). YouTube (Redes, Divulgación y Cultura) 11 Sept. 2013.*



See also Popular beliefs.

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